Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Tuesday, 30  October, 2017.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists are fleeing into remote communities in Borno and Yobe states after taking heavy poundings from Nigerian air and ground troops, Daily Trust has learnt.
Sustained air and ground operations along the shores of the Lake Chad and the Sambisa forest have affected the insurgents in those areas.

The Nigerian military, aided by troops from neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, have stepped up pressure on the two factions of Boko Haram.
The factions are led by Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa forest area and the other by Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi that operates around the shores of the Lake Chad.
Locals in communities in Geidam and Gujba local government areas in Yobe State, and many more around Damboa and Biu local government areas of Borno State are gripped by fear over the “increased influx by fleeing Boko Haram fighters” from operation areas, sources say.
Daily Trust gathered that hundreds of the insurgents have been forced out of their stronghold in the last few months.
The situation in Geidam, Yobe State, was tense yesterday following a report of the influx of Boko Haram fighters. Geidam is not too far from the border with Niger Republic.
What the army says
The Nigerian Army had on Sunday warned residents and communities to be weary of several wounded and fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.
Army spokesman, Brig. Gen, Sani Usman, said, “troops of Operation Lafiya Dole dealt a devastating blow to the terrorists, resulting in several casualties during Operation Deep Punch II in Sambisa Forest.
“The ongoing military operation was to rout the remaining Boko Haram terrorists from their various hideouts, including Camp Zero, which the Army captured on December 23, 2016.”
The Army enjoined residents of those communities to report the presence of insurgents in their areas. 
Ordeals of the people 
Sambisa lies to the South East of Maiduguri. Therefore, sources said even though it is far from Lake Chad region, the Boko Haram fighters use many routes that have remained unprotected. 
Sources said in the past few days, the military had made a lot of exploit at Camp Zero which the Boko Haram insurgents re-took during the raining season. 
Similar offensives were also launched at Boko Haram territories in Sabil Huda, Lagara Fulani, Somalia, Parisu 1 & II and Dar Salam, forcing surviving terrorists to flee in droves. 
Sources said the insurgents  are now going through Pulka-Kala Balge-Marte and into the Lake Chad region or westward through Kaga-Magumeri-Kukawa and into Lake Chad region. 
The two Boko Haram factions are fighting each other, they are both look for sanctuaries, far from each other in communities sandwiched around the Alagarno forest in the southern parts of Borno and Yobe states. 
It was gathered that Operation Deep Punch is being conducted in the Lake Chad area by the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army while the Chadians take care of their border areas. 
“The Operation Deep Punch from the South (Sambisa) is being conducted by 7 Division with deeper incursion into Sambisa Forest.
“The Cameroonians are supporting this operation. From Sambisa to Cameroon border is about 55km to the east,” a source said. 
Some residents who returned to Buni Yadi shortly after the military retook the town from the insurgents are leaving the town again.
One of the locals, Yusuf Usama, said the inhabitants had to flee to avoid possible military operation, or attacks by Boko Haram.
“Recently, the insurgents planted land mine around Azare village where two soldiers lost their lives. Even before the incident, people in the adjoining villages like Gashua fled because the insurgents came to them frequently and steal their food stuff. At times, they took away even the prepared food,” he said.
Usama said the two villages which are on Damaturu-Biu federal highway had nearly become nightmare for locals and travellers.
“Now, a military checkpoint has been stationed in between Azare and Gashua villages. But still, very few residents summon courage to return; those that live there are mostly old people,” he said.
“In fact, villages like Jiri and Gudu, about 4-5km and 15km from Buni Yadi are still deserted for fear of Boko Haram attack. Also, to the east are Munjim Gana, Munjim Kura and Kilbiri, about 15 and 9km to Buni-Yadi which have all been deserted because there are no military presence,” he added.
He said many markets in the area had been closed down as a result of the activities of the insurgents, which has great economic implications to people in the communities.
Alhaji Maina Isuhu, who fled from Ndoksa, a village located 18km away from Buni Yadi but under Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, said for over four years, the village was a ghost town.
“The boys are now present at the eastern part of Ndoksa 1, 2, and 3; Farma, Ajigin, Talala and over 20 communities in the area. Majority of us are now living in Biu.
“Also, some herdsmen that visited the area recently said the boys (militants) are still around. We want the government to do similar action taken on the fringes of Lake Chad to help us return to our homes,” he said.
The Village Head of Ndoksa, Lawan Usman Ngari, said his domain and all other villages in area are under the control of Boko Haram.
“In fact, there are no inhabitants in all the villages from Buni Gari down to those villages under Damboa Local Council. These include Gorgare, Chirala, Munguzon, Kobuk, Gulmas, Dusula, Gorogili and Auma villages.
“As I am talking now, no single person went to these villages in the last four years. And, to my knowledge, not even the security agencies went there. The insurgents are still occupying these places”, he said.
The village head lamented that people from those villages have now taken refuge in places like Biu, Miringa, Dadin kowa, Damaturu and Buni Yadi.
“Some of these villagers were big time farmers before relocating to these towns where they barely eat two square meals now. We are therefore appealing  to the federal government to deploy troops to these areas for us to return and go on with farming activities”, he said.
Similarly, residents in communities under Geidam and Yunusari local government areas complained of extortion by the insurgents which is becoming a recurrent decimal of recent.
Mallum Bala of Degetra village said the insurgents are common sights in the area. “They tax rich people and abduct their children for ransom.
“Puchimeram, Bultuwa, Ngaltra, Matari and Kadar lamba are some of the towns where the insurgents have taken control in Gaidam and Yunusari. Everyone close to these places would tell you that the activities of insurgent are ongoing,” he said. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The African Union on Monday inaugurated the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) aimed at enhancing connectivity among member nations and ensuring cheaper continental flights.
The market is a flagship project of AU Agenda 2063 to create a single unified air transport market in Africa, liberalize civil aviation and engender the economic integration of the continent.

The chairman of the AU, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and the chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki, launched the market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the close of the 30th AU Summit.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Kagame said Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe would lead the continent in ensuring full implementation of the market.
He thanked the AU Commission for its efforts towards ensuring the floating of the market which he said "is very important for the development of our continent in line with our many projects that will take us to our wishes for the year 2063.
"I’m glad that we can achieve some of these now or tomorrow, especially this particular project. I am happy for associating myself with the progress that we have made so far."

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Yakubu Dogara, has said that Nigeria’s political parties, including the ruling APC, the main opposition PDP and others are weak, unstable, lacking functional party apparatus, and also suffering from low organizational capacity and internal democracy.
He said political parties that refused to embrace reforms to institute internal democracy risk extinction.

Dogara stated this while delivering a keynote address at a retreat on: ‘Dynamics of Managing Political Parties’ organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Abuja yesterday.
Represented by the House Minority Whip, Yakubu Umar Barde, he said in an attempt to either capture or hold on to power, some political parties sometimes embellished their manifestos with unrealistic promises which he said amounted to malpractice.
“It is a political malpractice for an elected government to govern without reference to the manifesto that was placed before the voters which essentially formed the basis of their election,” he said.
The speaker stated that for political parties to effectively play central role in democratic representation, they must be managed and operated in such a manner as to establish trust in the electorate. 
He lamented that most political parties in Africa, and Nigeria in particular, were weak, lacking not only stable and functioning party apparatus, but also clear programmatic appeal.
“They also suffer from low organisational capacity and lack of internal democracy. Such weak political parties cannot support democracy, as parties are expected to serve many important functions, including citizen mobilisation, interest aggregation, public policy formulation, leadership recruitment and government organisation,” he said.
Dogara maintained that the apparent weaknesses of political parties in Nigeria underlined the need for reform and professionalisation, saying “by professionalisation, we mean an institutional process by which professionals become more central to the running of our parties.
“Currently, our parties in Nigeria could do with better professional organisation of their operations,” he said.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu has slammed former Pesident Olusegun Obasanjo for asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to run for the 2019 presidential election. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The former Minister of Information, Tony Momoh, has called for a return to part time legislature in Nigeria as practised during the First Republic. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has said that the nations political parties, including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others are weak, unstable, lacking functional party apparatus, and also suffering from low organizational capacity and internal democracy. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
APC Will Win Presidency, Retain 24 States In 2019 El-RufaiKaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has boasted APC will keep the presidency and 24 states in polls next year. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
An Australian aid programme under the auspices of Australian Alumni Association of Nigeria (AAAN) on Thursday donated eye equipment to Bwari General Hospital. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Jigawa Government says it has concluded arrangements to vaccinate over one million animals across the state during the 2018 annual animal vaccination. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A new report has accused Tobacco Industry (TI) in Nigeria of violating the Tobacco Advertising Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS) ban law. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
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Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Mr Abba Misau, Abuja Zonal Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday challenged the claim that there were over 2,000 illegal filling stations operating across the country. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has said he plans to retire this summer, is undecided over his future and will meet with club president Andrea Agnelli to talk things through, he told a television programme on Sunday. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has paid his release fee clause ahead of a move to English Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Spanish club said on Monday. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The national electricity grid could not get 2,277 megawatts (MW) due to shortage of gas supply to 10 Generation Companies (GenCos). 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has said Nigeria is making efforts to become an industrial hub in Africa through the deployment of Science and Technology. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Super Eagles player Brown Ideye has signed for Mlaga CF on loan, joining the Spanish club for the rest of the season from Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Tiger Woods carded a two-under-par 70 but called his third round gross at the Farmers Insurance Open. 
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